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NordicTrack Treadmill Reviews
NordicTrack Treadmills are mid-priced machines manufactured by ICON Fitness, the same company that produces Weslo, Proform, Healthrider and several other treadmill brands. This is the company’s brand marketed to the middle-age, yuppie market that’s familiar with the popular NordicTrack ski machines from a few decades ago.
Lots of Bells and Whistles
NordicTrack treadmills range in price anywhere from $900 to almost $4,000. There’s a lot of choice within the NordicTrack line, but the differences aren’t in construction or performance so much as in the extras on the individual models. It’s apparent when you check them out that these treadmills aren’t targeted to the serious athlete. Instead, they are for people who really do want to put some genuine effort into getting into shape but get bored easily.
Most of the thought and effort of NordicTrack has gone into making each treadmill model more entertaining than the last. Carb counters (to tap into the current low carb diet craze), personal training programs with a voice that gives you motivational tips and integrated televisions and stereos are all meant to appeal to those who need a tasty carrot dangled in front of them to exercise. To give NordicTrack credit, these treadmills sell like hotcakes and the features work very well.
Skimpier on the Essentials
What NordicTrack treadmills excel at in novelty, however, they fall short on in the real meat and potatoes functions that serious athletes are looking for. While these treadmills have a generous running surface and sturdy belts, the motors on all but the most expensive models aren’t as powerful as they should be. NordicTrack treadmills also tend to lack stability and have a bouncier deck than professional trainers and athletes prefer – it takes away from the genuine “road feel” that a treadmill should give you.
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At the lower end of the price range, you’ll find small motors, a lack of stability and user weight limits that you should really check into – some of them aren’t sufficient for larger users. NordicTracks also have higher repair costs than other treadmill brands at this price point.
Changes are Coming
The good news is that NordicTrack recently upgraded its warranty. NordicTrack now offers three years on the motor and two years on parts, which is considerably better than their old 90 day warranty (standard for ICON). Keep in mind, though, that even the new warranty falls short when compared to most other treadmill brands that typically cover motors for anywhere from five to ten years or more.
The overall mechanics have improved recently as well. In fact, Consumer Reports considered one of NordicTrack’s high end models excellent in two of four categories. If you are willing to pay for their higher end models, these treadmills are pretty good, but don’t get caught up in the bells and whistles and forget to look at the bare bones when shopping.
ICON seems to be improving the brand, so you could see changes coming soon that will kick NordicTrack treadmills up to the next level. Let’s hope they focus on those decks.
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NordicTrack Commercial 1500 - This model has been on best buy lists every year in its various incarnations - a great buy!
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 - An upgrade on the best-selling Commercial 1500 model which has been a favorite product for Icon Fitness for many years. Rated ‘Good Buy’.
NordicTrack Commercial 2150 -
The NordicTrack 2150 lets you access workout videos in full color with iFit technology that brings the internet right onto your cardio fitness equipment.
NordicTrack Commercial 2450 - Plenty of extras users want for in-home use in a machine with a surprisingly low price tag for commercial quality core features.
NordicTrack Elite 9500 Pro - a nice blend of quality construction, fun entertainment, challenging workouts, solid framing, and an above average warranty; one of the best TV treadmills.
NordicTrack Elite 9700 Pro - Key features include a big 4.0 CHP commercial motor (the best motor NordicTrack has ever used on a treadmill), an onboard web browser, a decline feature, a folding frame, and a big price tag.
NordicTrack C700 - An entry level machine for users who like a few extra features that keep boredom at bay with a variety of workouts.
NordicTrack C900 - This new generation NordicTrack offers big value, a decent warranty, better parts, more power and cushioning, and a more attractive console.
NordicTrack A2550 Pro - an upgrade from the popular A2550 model which got rave reviews for quality and performance.
NordicTrack A2750 Pro - one of the best deals on the market ranking near the top in crucial areas such as deck size and cushioning, power, noise, programs, and reliability.
NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill - A solid and impressive machine for such a low price; decent entry-level model with a good motor, power incline, and a handy folding design.
NordicTrack T7 si Treadmill - lots of quality features make this model an impressive, value-driven machine.
NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer - Great for walkers who like steep uphill courses. Strengthens the cardiovascular system, burns fat fast; used by obese contestants on The Biggest Loser.
NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i Interactive - Get in the best shape of your life with an incline that adjusts up to 40% and declines to 6%.
NordicTrack X11i Commercial Incline Trainer - Helps you burn calories up to 5x faster than on a traditional treadmill; beefed up components make it a dream to work out on.
NordicTrack T5.5 - A budget model that has some fun, interactive features; this might be a decent start-up machine for some.
NordicTrack T8.0 - The T8.0 treadmill is a slightly trimmer version of the T5.5 with some definite improvements such as a 3 CHP motor and workouts powered by Google Maps.
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